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UNILAG Students Postpone Event After Intense Pressure From Management Over Sowore’s Invitation

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The Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, UNILAG branch has suspended its planned academic seminar after intense pressure from the school management.

The MSSN-UNILAG had invited Omoyele Sowore, founder of SaharaReporters who is also an alumnus of the school, as a guest speaker but the decision was met with anger on the part of the school management.

The MSSN-UNILAG had on Thursday informed Sowore of the decision to remove him from the programme and schedule him for another based on an instruction from the school management.

Sources said the school threatened to punish the President of the association, Salaudeen Hassan Taiwo, and also suspend the students’ religious body if they decide to carry on with the programme.

A source said, “The body has already sent a letter to Sowore informing him not to come because the management does not want him but they (management) insisted that we must postpone it because Sowore might ignore the letter and decide to attend.”

However, in a new publication, the body stated that the invitation of Sowore coincide with the #RevolutionNow movement Sowore is planning.

President of the body said, “This is due to the recent negative media coverage caused by a hijack by the revolution now movement. This is a total diversion from the aims, objectives and problems the seminar sought to address.

“His participation in our event has been hijacked, politicised and taken out of the context of our original programme.  

“We thought this is inappropriate given the prevailing political situation and insecurity in the country. Given this development, we regret to inform our members, guests, participants and concerned parents that the program has been postponed indefinitely. We deeply regret any inconveniences the decision might have caused the general public.”

Sowore is spearheading nationwide protests against the Nigerian establishment tagged ‘#RevolutionNow Days of Rage’ scheduled for August 5, 2019.

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Supreme court judgement on Imo must be reversed, says Secondus

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is demanding a review and reversal of the supreme court judgement on the 2019 governorship election in Imo state

The apex court had on Tuesday sacked PDP’s Emeka Ihedioha as governor, and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to return Hope Uzodinma, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who came a distant fourth in the election. 

Addressing a conference on Thursday,  Uche Secondus, chairman of PDP, said the supreme court judgement must be reversed in the interest of justice. 

“In the light of extraordinary circumstances that vitiates that judgment as a product manipulation and a clear coup d’etat against the will of the people of Imo state, we demand that the decision of the supreme court on the Imo governorship election be reviewed and reversed in the interest of justice,” he said. 

“Furthermore we demand that Justice Tanko Muhammed, the CJN and his colleagues on the Imo governorship panel recuse themselves from the remaining cases involving PDP in the supreme court.

“We state for the records that the supreme court under Justice Tanko Muhammed shall be held responsible if there is any breakdown of law and order in any state as a result of judgments procured solely for political rather than judicial reasons as is currently happening.

“The supreme court, in a host of cases, the latest and most celebrated being Atiku V Buhari & Ors, consistently decided that for a petitioner to succeed in an allegation of infraction of any provision of the electoral act especially one complaining about malpractice, as in this case, wrongful exclusion of votes, the petitioner must call witnesses polling unit by polling unit.

“The question is, how many witnesses did Uzodinma/APC call from the 388 polling units from where the supreme court allocated votes to him.

“The so called results from the 388 Polling units were rightfully rejected, in line with several decisions of the supreme court, by the tribunal and court of appeal as it was merely dumped on the tribunal in a Ghana Must Go bag, by a policeman who had no mandate of the police to testify at the tribunal.” 

He said the PDP has it on good authority that the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN) and his panel are working on instruction from certain forces in the presidency to use the supreme court to take over states lawfully won by the PDP and award them to the APC. 

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Court sacks Ifeanyi Ubah as senator

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A federal capital territory (FCT) high court in Kubwa, Abuja, has nullified the election of Ifeanyi Ubah as the senator representing Anambra south.

Bello Kawu, the judge, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Ubah and to issue a fresh certificate to Obinna Uzoh, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the senator elect of the district.

The court had in 2019 given the same pronouncement in the suit filed by Uzoh challenging Ubah’s victory on the grounds that he (Ubah) presented an alleged forged National Examination Council (NECO) certificate to INEC.

But Ubah approached the court to set aside the judgment, saying he was not given fair hearing.

He said he was neither served with the court process nor hearing notice in the suit, before the court delivered the judgment against him.

Consequently, the judge ordered a stay of execution on December 4, restraining the senate president from swearing in Uzoh, pending the hearing and determination of the motion challenging the verdict.

Ruling on Ubah’s application at the resumed court session on Friday, the judge held that his application to vacate its judgment lacked merit, and accordingly it was dismissed.

Another motion brought by Chris Uba, claimant to the PDP senatorial ticket, seeking to be joined as an interested party in the substantive suit marked CV/3044/2018, was also dismissed.

Speaking with TheCable, Ubah said he is still the senator representing Anambra south because the election petition tribunal and the appeal court had affirmed his election.

He said the case at the FCT high court is a pre-election matter that the court has no jurisdiction over. But he said he was going to appeal against the judgment.

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PDP: Judiciary no longer last hope of the common man

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the judiciary is no longer the last hope of the common man in Nigeria.

The party said this on Friday in a communique issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP spokesman. The communique was released at the end of the party’s 87th national executive committee (NEC) meeting held in Abuja.

The opposition party said there is “calculated injustice” in the judiciary under Ibrahim Muhammad, chief justice of Nigeria (CJN).

It said Emeka Ihedioha, its candidate in the last governorship election in Imo, was robbed of the mandate given to him by the people.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Ihedioha winner of the election but on Tuesday, the supreme court annulled his victory and ordered the swearing in of Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Uzodinma came a distant fourth in the results announced by INEC.

“We totally condemn the utter desecration of judicial values, climaxing in the national embarrassment of the supreme court manufacturing votes and relating same to the APC and its candidate in the Imo governorship election, thereby robbing the people of the state of their mandate freely given to our candidate, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha,” the party said.

“We note that this calculated injustice has made the judiciary under the CJN, Tanko Mohammed, no longer the last hope of the common man but rather the lost hope of the common man in Nigeria.

“The supreme court by this judicial somersault has eroded the faith and confidence of Nigerians in participating in elections and showcasing that there will be no need for election in the future.

“We assure Nigerians that the PDP through all available constitutional means including civil disobedience will insist that this government respect the rule of law, and desist from influencing the judiciary, INEC and our security agencies.”

The party said it “will not allow the judiciary, legislature, security agencies and other institutions of government and democracy to become departments of the APC.”

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